Bamboo looks just as good in black and white as it does in vibrant greens. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Black and White Bamboo”
Omikuji (fortunes) left at a temple (or shrine—I can’t quite remember where this is). Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Fortunes for Sale”
When you visit temples and shrines, be sure to look up. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Painted Panel”
This fellow had his photo taken during our first snowfall of the year, January 1st. Continue reading “Photo of the Day: A Frog’s Life”
Komyo-ji is just shy of two kilometers from Kamakura Station. The distance means that it’s off the beaten track and a little quieter than some of the better known temples. Don’t let the distance discourage you, though, as it’s worth the hike out Continue reading “Photo a Day: Komyo-ji”
Also known as Take-dera, meaning bamboo temple, Hokoku-ji was founded in 1334. It’s a bit of a hike from Kamakura station, but if you love bamboo groves, it’s a must. The main grounds are open for free wandering, but entrance to the bamboo grove requires payment of a small fee, as does a ticket for a cup of matcha. Though the bamboo stays green year-round, the rest of the landscape turns brilliant gold (ginko), vibrant red and sunset orange (Japanese maple).
As it’s surrounded by a number of other temples—including Kamakura’s purported oldest temple, Sugimoto-dera—the trip out easily becomes one filled with easy temple-hopping.